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Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change - Windows to the Universe

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Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change

The planet is warming quickly as more greenhouse gases are added to the Earth’s atmosphere. The warming has large impacts on people, animals, and ecosystems.

How can we slow global warming?

A new report shares options for slowing the amount of global warming. The report was developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

According to this new report, if we keep on living as we have been, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will keep rising. The report highlights technologies that can help, such as switching energy sources from coal to cleaner gas, nuclear power, or renewable energy. Driving only fuel-efficient vehicles and using public transportation limit the amount of greenhouse gases too. And bicycling and walking are always good options. In buildings, having thick insulation and efficient appliances are good ideas.

Technologies that will be coming soon, within the next 10 to 20 years, are also highlighted in the report including new hybrid and electric vehicles, and efficient airplanes. The report also takes a look 20 to more than 50 years into the future at how and when we will be able to stabilize the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the stop warming the Earth.

Last modified October 28, 2009 by Lisa Gardiner.

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